Death Toll Rises as Winter Storm Kills Power, Heat Across Texas

Icicles hang off the front of a vehicle as the temperature continues to fall below freezing Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Houston. Hundreds of flights have been canceled in Texas, where frigid temperatures have left runways and roads dangerously icy. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for …
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Multiple people are dead in Texas as a massive winter storm continues to cut off power and heat to millions of Texans all across the state. Approximately four million Texans are without electricity as the state’s power grid continues to fail to keep up with demand.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, ERCOT, reports power was restored to about 500,000 people. The Texas power grid is still suffering “uncontrolled, cascading outages.”

 

Multiple people have died from winter storm that is breaking temperature records across much of the Lone Star State on Tuesday, CBS News reports. One, a 78-year-old man, died after falling in his front yard and being stranded in the figid temperatures for at least two hours.

In Houston, a mother and eight-year-old daughter died from carbon monoxide poisoning after the mother attempted to use the car in a garage attached to their condo to stay warm.

The state’s electrical grid, which is overseen by ERCOT, continues to fail as approximately 75 percent of the grids power generation capacity has been diminished, KTRK ABC13 reported.

The Houston ABC affiliate reports there may be a “window Tuesday afternoon where ERCOT hopes to get more power generation. The additional power could bring an additional 10-15 percent of customers back online.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott called for ERCOT reform to be an “emergency item” for the  Texas Legislature which is now in session.

Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan called on two legislative committees to hold a joint hearing to look into the “factors that led to megawatts of electric generation being dropped off the ERCOT system.”

In the meantime, millions of Texans’ homes are without electricity and heat.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s Sunday-morning talk show, What’s Your Point? Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX, Parler @BobPrice, and Facebook.

 

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